Southland hadn't even premiered its second season yet (it was scheduled to return on October 23 after already being postponed a month), but NBC has opted to cancel the series.
Starring an ensemble cast including Benjamin McKenzie (Yikes...that's 2 OC alums whose new series have seen quick deaths, as Mischa Barton's The Beautiful Life was just axed 2 weeks ago), Southland debuted last spring in ER's old time slot with solid reviews and pretty strong ratings, though they declined as the season progressed.
7 episodes aired last Spring; 6 have been produced for the 2nd season thus far and it is unclear if/when the network will air them.
From The Hollywood Reporter:
"While Southland has enjoyed strong support among NBC brass, after screening the finished episodes from the upcoming second season, the show's content was deemed too dark and gritty for broadcast TV, especially for 9 p.m.
There is a possibility for the series starring Ben McKenzie to be shopped to cable networks."
Translation: NBC knows that nobody will watch this show on a Friday at 9 and they have nowhere else to put it on their schedule.
Upset about this cancellation? Holding out hope for a cable pickup?